Polls open for the first round of the French presidential election


The polling stations in France have opened their doors at 08:00 this morning for the holding of the first round of the presidential elections.

Most schools will close at 7:00 p.m., with the exception of large cities such as Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nantes, Toulouse or Nice, whose closing is delayed until 8:00 p.m.

The vote had already begun this Saturday in the French overseas territories in America and the South Pacific, specifically in Saint Pierre and Miquelon, to the east of Canada, French Guiana, Martinique and French Polynesia.

The first round of the presidential elections confronts the current tenant of the Elysee, Emmanuel Macron, with a list of more than a dozen candidates.

In this group, three candidates from the right of the political spectrum stand out –Marine Le Pen (National Group), Éric Zemmour (Reconquest) and Valérie Pecresse (The Republicans)– and, to a lesser extent, a leftist –Jean-Luc Mélenchon (Unsubmissive France)–.

The polls place the current president as the favorite, but the French electoral system does not allow anything to be taken for granted. Except for surprises, Macron will prevail in the first round, since he has a consolidated vote intention even above 25 percent, but it remains to be seen who will accompany him on the ballot two weeks later, on April 24.

Le Pen, who already achieved the long-awaited face-to-face with Macron in the 2017 elections, is ‘a priori’ the best positioned candidate.

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